MANILA, Philippines - Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is asking members of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines to pray for her after she was recently slapped with a plunder case over alleged misuse of charity funds.
Mrs. Arroyo's lawyer Butch Diaz said the Aquino administration seems to have made it part of its accomplishment to file a plunder case against the former President a week before the next State of the Nation Address (SONA).
He said President Aquino is now turning up the heat against Mrs. Arroyo amid reports that 4 more cases are set to be filed against her.
The Arroyo camp urged Catholic bishops to pray for the former President, saying that she should be given a fair shake especially now that she is sick and has difficulty eating.
Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz said he will pray for the former president and said she should take care of her health. He reminded the Aquino administration that there should be justice instead of vengeance.
He urged President Aquino to list not just his accomplishments but the needs of the people that the government has yet to meet.
Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño admitted that he was surprised with the timing of the plunder case, noting that he filed the case with the Ombudsman last year.
Former Senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr. said Mrs. Arroyo should also be given some consideration because of her failing health. -- Report from Zyann Ambrosio, ABS-CBN News